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Week of: Monday June 29, 2020

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Who Makes It Rain? Cloud seeding, in which dry ice pellets or silver iodide are applied to certain clouds to modify their output, is used to increase precipitation, decrease hail and clear fog. “In North Dakota, all seeding is done by aircraft. Base-seeding aircraft release seeding agent into updrafts from below the developing storm using a combination of wing-mounted ice nucleus generators and burn-in-place flares. Cloud-top seeding aircraft use ejectable flares and dry ice released directly into the supercooled cloud.” North Dakota reports that cloud seeding produces an estimated 5 percent to 10 percent additional rainfall annually while reducing crop hail losses by 45 percent. A group of North Dakota farmers has asked the County Commission to halt cloud-seeding programs for the remainder of the season, with some opponents suggesting the practice may be making dry conditions worse. June 9, 1972, is a date etched in the memories of many Rapid City, South Dakota, residents. During a period of just six hours, 10 inches of rain fell on the city, adding up to 14 inches overnight. Area streams overflowed and a dam at Canyon Lake failed, leading to massive flooding in the city that killed 238 people and injured 3,000 more.

WELLNESS: Grape seed extract (GSE) is a dietary supplement made by removing, drying, and pulverizing the bitter-tasting seeds of grapes. Grape seeds are rich in antioxidants, including phenolic acids, anthocyanins, flavonoids, and oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs). A review of 16 studies in 810 people found reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. It has been shown to improve blood flow and could reduce oxidative damage as well as enhance collagen levels and bone strength. The flavonoids in combination with the antioxidants have an anti-inflammatory property that might delay neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Vitamin A&D and the lungs Vitamin A is involved in the proliferation and maintenance of epithelial cells, including those of the respiratory tract. It is a major factor regulating differentiation and maturation of the lung, and maternal vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy could have lasting adverse effects on the lung health of the offspring. Experts say vitamin D can decrease symptoms of the lung disease. People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can reduce some symptoms by taking regular doses of vitamin D. Experts believe vitamins A, C, and E—the so-called ACE antioxidants—combat oxidative stress in the lungs that can lead to COPD. Several studies have shown that these vitamins, as well as vitamin D, may help improve lung health.

CHIROPRACTIC:  Before I started chiropractic care, I suffered from constant aching in my back, even after back surgery, so much so that I limped at times. As soon as two weeks after I began to get regular adjustments, I started noticing an improvement. I feel better knowing that I am being proactive about my health and that by having regular adjustments I am preventing future health issues. I have learned that spine health is so important. - L D.----  I have been an asthmatic since childhood. I have always dealt with the fact that a couple of times a year I would have an allergic reaction to the pollens and end up involved with my asthma. As new meds became available my doctor kept me on inhaled steroids hoping to manage my asthma. I maintained the status quo. Originally I went for chiropractic care to help me heal from a fall and eventually found relief from my asthma. I began to learn about how chiropractor care works and as my shoulder improved so did my asthma attacks. Chiropractic relieved the stress on my nervous system with adjustments to my upper spine. It sounds so simple but the adjustments enabled my body to fend off the pollens successfully. I stopped the steroids and no chest infections for many years. No one is more surprised than my allergist and my family. I am free. C.M.----"I was going through a period of complete exhaustion. When I got out of bed in the morning, I had to hold on to things to be able to move around due to weakness in my legs. Each forearm felt as though it was being broken in two. My muscles and bones hurt. I felt dizzy and had irregular heartbeats. The day after receiving an adjustment I felt better, and the day after that I felt like a new person. What a difference !! Nothing short of a miracle. Thanks to chiropractic I was able to start living again. I continue to have follow up treatments to keep the energies flowing through my body for optimum health."  D. S.

FUNNY BONES: Had a woman who was in active labor, despite insisting she couldn't be pregnant. She said her last period was "like ten months ago" so she'd gone through menopause. She was 25.@@ During surgery, my fellow resident bumped heads with the surgeon. “Ah, Dr Jones, a meeting of the minds,” he said, laughing it off. The surgeon mumbled, “Yes. And I felt so alone.”@@ I gave my patient the results of her sleep study: “It looks like you stopped breathing in your sleep over 65 times per hour.” Her response: “Did I start back?”@@ Patient: Doctor, I slipped in the grocery store and really hurt myself. Me: Where did you get hurt? Patient: Aisle six.@@ A gentleman calls our office with questions about an upcoming test he is scheduled for, and we talk at length about the procedure. Patient: I’m sorry to have so many questions. Me: Oh, that’s no problem. You can always call and ask for clarification when you need it. Patient: Thank you very much, Clara Fication! You’ve been very helpful.@@ I am an ER doc. I once had a 20 year old and his girlfriend come in at 2 am freaking out becuase "something had tore his throat open". He seemed fine. No blood. Breathing fine. I had him open his mouth, saw nothing. So didn't want him to lose confidence in me, clearly something had happened, so I'm looking, and looking....there is nothing wrong with this kids throat. Finally I say look, it seems ok...what do you feel or see? "I dont feel it but LOOK ITS RIGHT THERE". WHERE??? Looking, looking. It was his uvula. Somehow this kid had gotten to the age of 20 without ever noticing his uvula. Girlfriend was also horrified....I told them it was normal. Did not believe me. So I told them I was about to blow their minds and showed him his girlfriends uvula. Minds blown, another life saved in the ER.

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Week of: Monday June 22, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

CHIROPRACTIC: Non-drug therapies may reduce adverse outcomes in service members with chronic pain A new study based on Veterans Affairs health records finds that non-drug therapies given to military service members with chronic pain may reduce the risk of long-term adverse outcomes, such as alcohol and drug disorder and self-induced injuries, including suicide attempts. The findings appeared online Oct. 28, 2019, in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. While in service, the solders received non-drug therapies that included acupuncture, dry needling, biofeedback, chiropractic care, massage, exercise therapy, cold laser therapy, osteopathic spinal manipulation, electrical nerve stimulation, ultrasonography, superficial heat treatment, traction, and lumbar supports. Ultrasonography is a technique that uses echoes of ultrasound pulses to pinpoint objects or areas of different density in the body. In the study, the researchers compared service members with chronic pain who did or didn't receive non-drug therapies and described the links between such treatments in the military and long-term adverse outcomes. They determined that soldiers who received non-drug therapies were at lower risk of being diagnosed with drug use disorders and self-inflicted injuries, such as accidental poisoning and suicidal ideation--which is the thought of taking one's own life. Source: Veterans Affairs Research Communications Journal reference: Meerwijk, E. L. et al. (2019) Nonpharmacological Treatment of Army Service Members with Chronic Pain Is Associated with Fewer Adverse Outcomes After Transition to the Veterans Health AdministrationJournal of General Internal Medicinedoi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05450-4

WELLNESS: Why sprouted nuts and seeds make a smart food choice  (NaturalHealth365)  Many natural health lovers wonder if sprouted nuts and seeds are really worth it for maximum nutritive absorption.  Well, according to many integrative physicians and natural food experts, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Here’s a surprising food fact for you: Did you know a chemical so harsh that it was banned by the National Motorcycle Association could be coating those so-called raw almonds you’ve been eating for your daily snack?  Propylene oxide and phytic acid are two synthetic and natural toxins contained not only in almonds but in most commercially sold nuts, grains and seeds today. What’s a nut lover to do?  Food science research suggests that sprouting nuts and seeds can reduce harmful toxins, difficult to digest proteins and anti-nutrients as well as improve nutrient absorption.  Simply put, if you want to receive the greatest nutritional value from your nuts, grains, and seeds – start sprouting to minimize the risk of toxicity and make your snack easier to digest. Grains get a bad name these days too, but if prepared by sprouting, their nutritive benefits are activated.  Gluten, a form of protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt make them difficult to digest.  Yet, sprouting not only activates nutrients within these grains but also predigests gluten – making it easier to metabolize.  Pumpkin seeds are the only alkalizing seed and may improve your emotional well-being.  Known to contain an appreciable amount of tryptophan, this amino acid is converted to serotonin and niacin to help you relax, improve mood, and enjoy a restful slumber. Walnuts benefit the cardiovascular system by soothing blood vessels, regulating optimal cholesterol ratios and blood pressure. Almonds help elevate antioxidant levels, reduce inflammation, support mood, and improve heart health. Here’s the good news.  Sprouting is really not hard to do – in fact, anyone can do it. If you’re interested in learning how – we highly recommend you learn from an expert like Ari and Noah – the Sprout Brothers (yes, they are actually brothers).  Their father, Steve “The Sproutman” Meyerowitz (a blessed memory) was a dear friend of NaturalHealth365 and started this business over 40 years ago! Sources for this article include: Wholegraincouncil.org NIH.gov Westonaprice.org

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FUNNY BONES: When I was a proofreader, I shared with my coworkers this example to illustrate how writing can skew based on gender: A professor wrote on the blackboard, “Woman without her man is nothing.” The students were then instructed to insert the proper punctuation. The men wrote, “Woman, without her man, is nothing.” The women wrote, “Woman! Without her, man is nothing.” —Susan Allen

Week of: Monday June 8, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: 20% of COVID Patients Caught Disease at Hospital Figures released from NHS England suggest that up to 20% of hospital patients with COVID-19 were infected at the hospital, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson went so far as to call deaths from hospital-acquired COVID-19 an epidemic. A rapid review and meta-analysis of 40 studies found an even higher rate of nosocomial (originating in a hospital) infections, revealing that, among the confirmed patients, the proportions of nosocomial infections were 44% for COVID-19, 36% for SARS and 56% for MERS. The “high-tech” hospitals of modern day, with their enclosed, indoor close quarters, may be facilitating the spread of disease far more so than open-air hospitals of yesteryear. Records from an open-air hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 to 1919 suggest that patients and staff there, who were treated outdoors in fresh air and sunlight, were spared the worst of the outbreak. Note: For those who don’t work at maintaining a high immune function by working at maintaining a high level of health then these can be dangerous times. The mere presence of a microorganism does not cause disease. Your immune system has to allow the organism to set up housekeeping to cause disease. Studies of patients who get regular chiropractic care show that they have an immune system functioning at 200% above the average person on the street. Keeping your nervous system free of pressure and eating foods consistent with your body type and getting some type of regular exercise can supercharge your immune system. Don’t wait for the next pandemic.

WELLNESS:  Odds are ... your gut is leaking...  The truth is: there are too many people suffering from a damaged gut lining that allows harmful elements like toxins, pathogens, and large food particles to leak through. This sets the stage for chronic inflammation - and ultimately, DISEASE! This is why the condition called “leaky gut” has been linked to so many health issues like, brain fog, arthritis and joint pain, anxiety, depression, dementia plus so much more. Bottom line: To fix the problem, you must heal your leaky gut and stop the source of inflammation. One way to help is by increasing the number of “friendly” bacteria living in your gut. A new, double-blind study in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine found that this one special ingredient (that’s probably in your home right now) could cause a 70% improvement in good gut bacteria in less than 60 days! According to another study in Phytotherapy Research Journal, this same ingredient is “significantly better” for joint pain than conventional anti-inflammatories.  And, it does NOT offer negative side effects! In fact, there have been over 6,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals published discussing this ingredient’s health benefits! Don't let this epidemic of leaky gut rob you of the healthy life you deserve.

CHIROPRACTIC: Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or the Hot Tub? Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm.  When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area. Muscle pain can be quite severe and heat can sometimes soothe the pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad or to the hot tub to try and get some relief. This should be avoided in an acute injury because inflammation is present. With inflammation, there is increased heat and the additional heat you provide is like adding gasoline to a fire. The results are usually not good. A better choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on. If this simple procedure does not solve the problem, it’s best to get your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.

FUNNY BONE: Why did the skeleton start a fight? He had a bone to pick.@@What’s the coolest part of a skeleton? The hip.@@What do you call a funny bone? A humerus.@@ “I told my boss that she made a mistake in the timetable because there is no 29th of February this year. She said, ’Do you mean that Tuesday is followed by Thursday this year?’ She was very serious.”@@ My three-year-old daughter stuck out her hand and said, “Look at the fly I killed, Mommy.” Since she was eating a juicy pickle at the time, I thrust her contaminated hands under the faucet and washed them with antibacterial soap. After sitting her down to finish her pickle, I asked, with a touch of awe, “How did you kill that fly all by yourself?” Between bites, she said, “I hit it with my pickle.”@@ One of the shortest wills ever written: “Being of sound mind, I spent all the money.”@@ Wrong number: Person 1: Hey Rachyl, do you remember me? Person 2: Wrong number. Person 1: What’s your number then?@@ Little League is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. —Yogi Berra, Yankees Catcher

Week of: Monday June 1, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS:Fast-Tracked COVID-19 Vaccine — What Could Go Wrong? The COVID-19 vaccine may in fact be the most fast-tracked vaccine ever created in all history, which necessitates the elimination of required safety testing steps, such as animal testing. Pfizer in collaboration with BioNTech began human trials in the U.S. of a COVID-19 vaccine on May 11, 2020. If successful, the vaccine could be released as early as September 2020 with an FDA-approved Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Like Moderna and several other competitors, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is using messenger RNA (mRNA) rather than live or attenuated (inactivated) viruses grown in animal cells. Previous attempts to create coronavirus vaccines have failed due to coronaviruses triggering production of two different types of antibodies — one that fights disease and one that triggers “paradoxical immune enhancement” that often results in very serious disease and/or death. Vaccines that caused paradoxical immune enhancement initially looked very promising as they produced very robust antibody responses. Yet when exposed to the wild virus, ferrets and children became severely ill and many died.

WELLNESS:   The Case for Avoiding Plant Foods — Reckless or Beneficial? Evidence suggests we are descendants of omnivores, and that the increase in brain volume coincides with a transition to hunting for animal game and eating large amounts of animal foods. Phytoalexins are plant defense compounds that may be causing more harm than good when consumed, and people generally underestimate just how many defense compounds are in plant foods. It is commonly believed that plant molecules act as antioxidants in humans, but they do not act as direct free radical scavengers in your body; rather, they trigger your antioxidant response system — a mechanism known as hormesis. Animal foods are uniquely healthy for humans and provide all the nutrients required for optimal health, including vitamins A, C, E, and K2, as well as choline, carnitine, and creatine. Evidence suggests the reason people live longer in certain areas known as Blue Zones has to do with healthy lifestyle behaviors such as not smoking or drinking and staying active; it does not appear to have anything to do with shunning meat and animal foods. NOTE: There is no one diet for everyone. 75% of the population would do well on a high-protein diet i.e. meat. But 25% of the population needs a diet high in vegetables and grains to stay at their best. Filling out a body type questionnaire is the best way to determine what kind of diet you should be on.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Care for Overall Health and Wellness For ages, chiropractors were only sought after to treat back pain. Nowadays, more and more people are turning to alternative forms of healthcare such as Chiropractic Care for all their health needs. To find out how a chiropractor may be able to help you, check out these remarkable benefits that come from seeking a chiropractor for regular care. Immune System It never hurts to give your immune system a boost to protect yourself from illness and injury. It has often been reported that when your central nervous system is in good shape, your other systems are able to work more efficiently as well. This includes your immune system. The immune system is your body’s defense against infections such as sicknesses, viruses, and bacteria. Spinal adjustments have been shown to boost immune function because adjustments allow correction to spinal misalignments that cause neural dysfunction. When a person as neural dysfunction it stresses the body out, in turn, may lead to a weakened immune system and lower response to a foreign body, like a virus. And no matter the time of year, it never hurts to give your immune system a boost. Individuals who receive regular chiropractic care report healthier immune systems as well as an overall healthier body. It only takes one adjustment to bring about an immediate immune boost. Higher Activity Level It is no secret, that activity and exercise are key to ensure you have some control over your overall wellness. Though, people that participate in higher activity levels, can benefit from chiropractic care in many ways. When an athlete gets an adjustment, this can help improve athletic performance due to alleviating stressors within the body's nervous system, as well as anchoring the muscles throughout the whole body. Also, regular adjustments can help improve range of motion and decrease recovery time through adjustments and small tissue manipulation that helps break up scar tissue to increase flexibility, elasticity, and strength throughout recovery. Back and Neck Health This is the most understandable benefit of chiropractic care. You see, when your spine is aligned it leads to a healthier back and neck. When your back and neck are in good health, you have a reduction in tension and pain, as well as a more efficient central nervous system.

FUNNY BONE:  What does a biologist wear on a first date?  Designer genes!@@A poodle and a collie are walking together when the poodle suddenly unloads on his friend. “My life is a mess,” he says. “My owner is mean, my girlfriend ran away with a schnauzer, and I’m as jittery as a cat.” “Why don’t you go see a psychiatrist?” suggests the collie. “I can’t,” says the poodle. “I’m not allowed on the couch.”

Week of: Monday May 25, 2020

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

WELLNESS: High-dose glutathione shows promise in addressing respiratory distress in patients with COVID-19  (NaturalHealth365) In some areas across the country, like New York City, even “suspected cases” of COVID-19 aren’t confirmed because of a lack of testing.  Unfortunately, this viral infection can become life-threatening as a result of what’s known as “cytokine storm syndrome.”  The end result can be pneumonia and other complications like acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).  But, as you’ll soon see, glutathione has proven to be a lifesaving antioxidant. To date, no published “cure” has been found to control the respiratory symptoms and inflammation associated with the virus adequately, other than assisted ventilation and oxygen therapy. However, a new study based upon two patients with dyspnea secondary to coronavirus pneumonia found that glutathione shows significant promise in addressing respiratory distress. A New York mom – Josephine Bruzzese – was diagnosed with pneumonia but sent home from the hospital as a suspected COVID-19 case because there were no coronavirus tests currently available. Josephine’s son, James Bruzzese, is a second-year student at CUNY School of Medicine, called a Lyme Disease specialist the family already knew – Dr. Richard Horowitz.  After James gave him the rundown, Dr. Horowitz suggested that they try giving Josephine glutathione, which is an antioxidant produced by your liver that helps reduce inflammation. After a single 2,000mg dose of glutathione, the family saw Josephine improve in just an hour. She was able to get up, take a shower, and continued taking the treatment for five days with no relapse.

IN THE NEWS:Defeat dementia naturally with some of the best nutrition on Earth, research confirms (NaturalHealth365) Can we really prevent life-shattering illnesses such as dementia with natural health strategies?  Breaking new science says that we can! According to the pharmaceutical industry and the media, ‘there is no cure.’  But, we now know that to be untrue.  And, for those in doubt, just look up the work of Dale E. Bredesen, MD.  But, there are many other physicians doing fantastic work in the area of neurodegenerative disease. Contrary to popular media opinion, they found that a diet in these foods has a protective benefit against the onset of dementia. They studied a number of different flavonoids found in plant molecules. Researchers found that a low intake in flavanols made a subject two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. A low intake in cyanins increased the chances of illness by four times. A low intake in flavonoid polymers made a subject twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illnesses. Flavanols, cyanins, and flavonoid polymers are not difficult to integrate into your diet. The study focused on green tea, berries, apples, and pears as a source of flavonoids. Other foods that can help are other teas (oolong, white and black), grapes, cocoa, broccoli, lettuce, cranberries, blackberries, kale, and tomatoes. For those who prefer to supplement with micronutrients, cocoa flavonol capsules will help you increase your flavonoid intake. Flavonoids have antioxidant properties. Not only do they prevent Alzheimer’s, but they also decrease the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. This is yet another important reason to ensure you eat a flavonoid-rich diet with cardiovascular-related diseases accounting for one in four American deaths.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Stories I have suffered from Migraines since the age of 14. So for the last 20 years I have had no luck in anything any doctor has done for me. I was given prescriptions after prescriptions, my body is now immune to almost all pain pills. One of the medicines did help me, however, after taking these pills, my stomach would hurt so bad I would be doubled over. What a choice, the headaches or the pain of the stomach. I choose the stomach pain. I took everything I could, didn’t care, if it worked I took it, if it didn’t I still tried it. When I realized I was up to 8 pills a day, I decided to go to the chiropractor. The first one I went to, well, he was ok, but it didn’t stop the pain. I found one this year, and am so grateful that I did. I am off of all the pills, and my normal week that use to include a minimum of 4 migraines, is gone. I may have 1 bad migraine for the month!!! I am so impressed that I am working on a flyer for my doctor to let other people know that Chiropractors are not just for fixing a strain. I have come to notice that no one really knows exactly what the chiropractor can do, and I am one who is so happy with the work that I am going to help others know about relieving Migraines, carpel-tunnel, TMJ etc… Please keep up the good work!!!!! G. J.

FUNNY BONE:On the day of my big job interview I woke up late. Frantically I threw on a suit. “OH NO!” I thought. “MY TIE! My Dad was out of town and wasn’t there to help me, and for the life of me I did not know how to tie a tie! I grabbed a tie and ran out the door. “Excuse me sir,” I said to the crossing guard, “I have an important job interview, can you please help me make this tie?!” “Sure” said the guard, “just lie down on this bench.” Well if someone was going to help me I wasn’t going to ask any questions. After he finished and the tie looked good I just had to ask why I had to lie down. “Well in my previous job I learned how to tie tie’s on other people when they were lying down. He replied. What was your previous job? I asked incredulously. “I ran a morg.” Was the reply.@@My mother was browsing in a store when a saleswoman offered assistance. Mom admitted she didn’t have anything particular in mind, and the pair started chatting. The woman quickly learned that Mom was retired. Interested, she confessed that she, too, was considering retirement. Mom immediately started telling her how much she liked no longer working and how the saleswoman would enjoy it too. Finally, convinced by Mom’s enthusiasm, she asked, “How long have you been retired?” Mom said, “This is my first day.” —Lee Beacham@@ We Uber drivers never know whom we’re going to end up with as a passenger. One day, I was driving over a new bridge, the design of which was very confusing. Completely confounded, I muttered, “I’d love to meet the genius who designed this mess.” With that, my passenger extended his hand in my direction and said, “Well, today is your lucky day. My name is Mike, I work for the county engineer’s office, and I’m the genius who designed this!” Surprisingly, he still gave me a tip. —Patrick Grilliot

Week of: Monday Mar. 9, 2020

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Breaking NEWS: Coronavirus doctor from China speaks out by: Jonathan Landsman | February 28, 2020 Conventionally speaking, our modern healthcare system is merely focusing their attention on travel bans, testing and isolation of infected people.  And, while that all may seem to be a “reasonable” response to a potential pandemic outbreak of the 2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus).  Obviously, much more needs to be done to protect all of us. In fact, the one thing that’s not talked about – nearly enough – is how to improve (and maintain) the health of the immune system.  Can vitamin C – known to be an excellent vitamin for protecting immunity – actually help people infected with the coronavirus? Editor’s Update (2/29/20): Unfortunately, the video we posted – originally with this article – by Andrew Saul, PhD talking about some very important health information associated with vitamin C and the coronavirus has been removed by YouTube. NOTE: as technology gets bigger and stronger they start to control information that they don’t agree with. This can be dangerous for all of us. The antiviral properties of vitamin C have been studied for years here are a few of the studies you can find online. Nutrients. 2017 Apr; 9(4): 339. Published online 2017 Mar 29. doi: 10.3390/nu9040339 , PMCID: PMC5409678 PMID: 28353648 Vitamin C and Infections  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5409678/,  Five controlled trials found significant effects of vitamin C against pneumonia. There is some evidence that vitamin C may also have effects on other infections, but there is a paucity of such data. The practical importance and optimally efficacious doses of vitamin C for preventing and treating infections are unknown. Vitamin C is safe and costs only pennies per gram, and therefore even modest effects may be worth exploiting. Vitamin C and disease prevention and cure: an overview-Vitamin C in Disease Prevention and Cure: An Overview – NCBI , Vitamin C Infusion for the Treatment of Severe 2019-nCoV Infected Pneumonia, Vitamin C Is an Essential Factor on the Anti-viral

 WELLNESS: How Aluminum Damages Your Brain Research has found a strong link between aluminum exposure and Alzheimer’s disease. Patients with a genetic mutation that predisposes them to early onset of Alzheimer’s and more aggressive disease have universally high aluminum content in their brains. According to a British researcher, without aluminum in the brain, Alzheimer’s does not develop. When aluminum was first approved for use in vaccines, it was approved based on its efficacy. It was never actually tested for safety. It was simply assumed to be safe. Aluminum has been shown to cause mitochondrial dysfunction and depletion of adenine-triphosphate (ATP), which sets the stage for virtually any chronic disease. Aluminum salts can increase levels of glial activation, inflammatory cytokines and amyloid precursor protein within the brain. Recent research found the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine schedule — when adjusted for bodyweight — exposes children to a level of aluminum that is 15.9 times higher than the recommended “safe” level. A 2010 paper also pointed out that aluminum salts "can increase levels of glial activation, inflammatory cytokines and amyloid precursor protein within the brain," and that "Both normal brain aging and to a greater extent, Alzheimer's disease are associated with elevated basal levels of markers for inflammation."

CHIROPRACTIC:Restoring health when other methods fail. There are two basic forms of healthcare in the United States, one is drugs and surgery and the other is natural healthcare which includes chiropractic, diet, nutritional therapy, exercise and other techniques. Sometimes patients don't think about the type of care they will be prescribed when they see a doctor. This is important because drugs can't really heal. Drugs can stimulate, sedate as they cover symptoms of disease. Pharmaceutical companies are careful not to claim that drugs can cure diseases. Because chiropractic utilizes completely unique approaches in healthcare many people who have suffered from chronic health problems are surprised when those problems start to resolve under chiropractic care. Simply restoring the communication channels within the body can sometimes cause amazing results but when you also restore deficient nutrients to the body welcome changes can result. Remember the five laws of health. Diet (following your body type program), exercise, rest and relaxation, positive mental and spiritual attitude and a healthy nervous system are unique pathways in natural healthcare. Who do you know who would benefit from chiropractic care?

FUNNY BONE:  If you boil a funnybone it becomes a laughingstock. That's humerus.@@My wife just stopped and said, "You weren't even listening were you?" I thought... "That's a pretty weird way to start a conversation."@@You drop something when you were younger, you just pick it up. When you're older and you drop something, you stare at it for a bit contemplating if you actually need it anymore.@@. Do they have a restaurant in Japan where American people cook in front of you with lawn chairs and a grill?@@I finally did it! Bought a new pair of shoes with memory foam insoles. No more forgetting why I walked into the kitchen.@@"Are you busy tomorrow?" That entirely depends on the rest of the information that you're about to give me.@@My boss says I intimidate my coworkers. I stared at him until he apologized.@@It's just fine to eat a "test" grape in the produce section but you take one bite of a rotisserie chicken and it's all, "Sir you need to leave."@@Hackers need to step up their game and delete everyone's loans, bad credit and mortgages.@@How old am I? I am "it's 830 and you want to start a movie this late?" Years old@@The only thing we have to fear is fear itself... and spiders.@@You can tell a lot about a woman's mood just by her hands. For instance, if they are holding a gun, she's probably angry.

Week of: Monday March 2, 2020

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

WELLNESS: Health and wellness are not synonyms. Health refers simply to a physical body being free from diseases, but wellness is an overall balance of your physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and occupational well-being. Wellness is a lifestyle and is not an end to be achieved. Wellness means that one strives for balance throughout his whole life. On the other hand, health would be that a person wants to lose weight and lower blood pressure. Once he does this, he is considered healthy. Health is a goal one can achieve, while wellness is a dynamic concept that continues for a lifetime. NOTE: Because I understand the importance of wellness we have three different programs to help someone interested in maintaining the highest level of health possible to engage in a program to accomplish your goals. We teach the five laws of health, diet, exercise, rest and relaxation, positive mental and spiritual attitude and a healthy nervous system. With diet, we offer the body type program that helps individualized your diet based on your genetic makeup. That program also recommends the forms of exercise best for how your body is constructed. We offer varied nutritional products to help balance neurotransmitters to facilitate a positive mental attitude and we encourage patients to seek guidance in the community within your own church to help maintain a healthy spiritual focus. And lastly, chiropractic adjustments to keep your nervous system functioning and peak performance so it can regulate and control your organs, systems and your overall expression of health. Seek solutions for your health needs don't just cover up the problem and give it time to get worse.

IN THE NEWS:2019-2020 flu claims 10,000 lives in the U.S., yet Western medicine continues to ignore this one vitamin solution by: Sara Middleton, staff writer | February 18, 2020, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “estimate” that 14,000 – 36,000 deaths have occurred (due to the flu) since October 2019.  Although the CDC does admit: they don’t know exactly how many die because the flu is “not a reportable disease in most areas of the U.S.” Yet, according to other “expert” reports: we’re up to 10,000 deaths so far this season. – with 180,000 cases ending up in the hospital.  So, the more important question is: how can we protect more people? Are vaccines (manufactured with last year’s virus) really the answer?  Probably not … and maybe that’s why many experts are turning to a surprisingly simple and effective remedy: vitamin C. It turns out that high amounts of this nutrient act like a powerful antiviral and can combat the nutrient-depleting effects of the flu virus.  And this is to say nothing of the many other vitamin C health benefits – like a reduced risk of chronic diseases, improved iron absorption, and enhanced cognitive protection with aging. Previously, we reported on a study that showed how daily supplementation with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) reduced cold and flu symptoms by a whopping 85 percent.  And, back in 2014, we reported on a “miracle cure” news story about how a New Zealand man infected with swine flu made an incredible recovery from the deadly virus after receiving large amounts of vitamin C. NOTE:  besides specific immune formulas that can have an individualized boost to your immune system we have found that vitamin C along with A and D are very effective for boosting the immune system and maintaining healthy mucous membranes. In most cases, respiratory viruses enter through the mucous membranes of the sinuses and the respiratory system. Maintaining humidity between 40 and 60% along with the nutrients just mentioned goes a long way to keep your family safe from viruses.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Adjustments vs. Acupuncture vs. NSAIDsWouldn’t it be nice if we could assess three common types of treatment for neck and back pain to determine which is the most effective? Here is a look at three studies that compared three popular forms of care for chronic spinal pain to determine the short-term and more importantly, the LONG-TERM benefits of chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, like Advil). The FIRST published study included a pilot group of 77 patients complaining of chronic spinal pain (neck, mid-back, or low-back pain). These patients were separated into one of the three treatment groups and received either NSAIDs, acupuncture, or chiropractic manipulation. Patients received care for four weeks with outcome measures (questionnaires) used to assess changes in pain and disability. After a 30-day time frame, only patients who received chiropractic manipulation (CM) reached a level of statistically significant improvement, supporting CM to offer the best SHORT-TERM BENEFITS for those with chronic back/neck pain. The SECOND study included 115 patients, again randomized, to receive either one of the same three treatments, but this time the outcome data was gathered two, five, and nine weeks after the start of treatment. Again, those who received chiropractic manipulation (CM) experienced the best overall improvement at nine weeks. The THIRD study involved follow-up from the same patient group from the SECOND study two years later. Once again, participants completed outcome assessments that measure pain and disability. This time, the results showed that only patients in the chiropractic manipulation group maintained long-term improvements in pain and disability.  The researchers concluded that chiropractic care was highly recommended especially in Grades 1 and 2 (which includes the majority of neck pain sufferers). Interestingly, many multidisciplinary physician groups now incorporate chiropractic care as part of their “team” approach, which also offers pain management in the form of medications, injections, PT, and when necessary, surgery. They have seen the value of spinal manipulation for neck pain and often seek out chiropractic because it’s safe, beneficial, and cost-effective.

FUNNY BONE:Policeman: I'm very sorry, sir, but it looks like your wife got hit by a bus. Man: I’m aware of that, but Karen has a wonderful personality.@@ Patient: Oh Doctor, I’m starting to forget things. Doctor: Since when have you had this condition? Patient: What condition?@@Me and my wife, we've decided that we don't want to have children. So anybody who wants one can leave us their phone number and address and we will bring you one.@@Waiter, there’s a fly twitching in my soup!”“And what do you expect for the price? A ballet

Week of: Monday Feb. 3, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Coronavirus The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.  These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include: runny nose-headache-cough-sore throat-fever-a general feeling of being unwell. Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults. How to protect yourself There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following: wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds-avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands-avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following: stay home while you are sick-avoid close contact with others-cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands-clean and disinfect objects and surfaces. In China, the water you drink is as dangerous as the air you breathe. Medical historians tell us the main cause of infectious disease reduction in the United States is attributed to better sanitation, cleaner water and air and a more diverse food supply. This is why China is being devastated by this virus. What you hear on the news is just the tip of the iceberg. Americans reporting out of China say the bodies are stacking up, emergency services are exhausted and unable to keep up. The problem is probably 10 times worse than you hear on the news because China is not forthcoming. So to protect you and your family these simple steps will be helpful. Drink plenty of clean water, keep the humidity in your house above 40%, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, vitamins A & D, and vitamin C can help boost your immunity. Chiropractic adjustments will enhance your immune system's defenses, get plenty of rest and I recommend Nixall to be sprayed on your hands, face, inside your mouth and nose and both ears. Nixall is a safe and natural antiviral, anti-yeast and antibiotic. These recommendations can also keep you healthy during the cold and flu season. There is no drug that can help with this virus but with Vega testing, we can determine what immune formulas could be helpful.

Dr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.

WELLNESS: There is an excellent chance that the coronavirus will not have a devastating effect in the US that it has had in China. In some ways, China is a Third World country where 80% of the water supply is not safe to drink and they have a huge problem with pollution. Their food supply is in question and in 2010, 477 million people in China (36% of the population) did not have access to improved sanitation such as a ventilated pit latrine or a flush toilet piped to a sewer system (WHO/UNICEF Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2012). There are national disparities as well, with 74% of people having improved access to sanitation in urban areas in 2010, but only 56% in rural areas. Provision of sanitation facilities for disabled people is sparse. These issues are the backbone for healthy population. And that’s why things like measles can have a high death rate in Third World countries but in the US it’s usually a few days of fever, aches, and pains and then it’s over. But yet there are still adverse effects to infectious disease in the US simply because there is a portion of the population that lives on junk food, carbonated beverages and they don’t drink near enough water. For someone who weighs 100 pounds, they should drink between 40 and 50 ounces of water every day. You take your body weight and divide in half and that you cleansing dose in ounces and 80% of that is your minimum dose. You are 80% water and you need to flush your system with clean water every day. Chiropractic teaches the five laws of health: exercise, diet, positive mental and spiritual attitude, rest and relaxation and a healthy nervous system through the chiropractic adjustment.

CHIROPRACTIC: WE SPECIALIZE IN HEADACHES Spinal adjustments are the best treatment on the planet for headaches. Some are triggered by diet or toxins some are triggered by hormones and stress but the cause are subluxations in the neck.  Joints in the neck pinch nerves that cause headaches. Dangerous drugs don’t fix the cause of headaches, pain killers kill 15,000 + each year 500,000 are hospitalized per year. Health doesn’t come in a pill health comes from within. health is the natural expression of life. If you or a family member or friend suffer from headaches remember our numbers (918) 663-1111.

FUNNY BONE:  At the doctor’s office, a 20-something man was trying to make an appointment for a Mrs. Brown. Try as he might, he just could not remember her first name. Frustrated, he left. A few minutes later, I passed him outside the office on the phone.“Hey, Dad,” he said. “What’s Mom’s first name?”@@ Q. Why aren’t dogs good dancers? A. Because they have two left feet!@@ Did you hear about the bed bugs who fell in love? They’re getting married in the spring!@@ After my 91-year-old mother finished having her hair cut and shaped, the stylist announced, “There, now you look ten years younger.” My mother, un­impressed, replied, “Who wants to look 81 years old?”@@ Did you hear about the statistician who drowned crossing a river? It was three feet deep, on average.@@ Did you hear about the monkeys who shared an Amazon account? They were Prime mates.

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Week of: Monday Jan. 27, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS:  Antacids put your health and nutrition at risk The most popular acid reflux medications — proton pump inhibitors like NexiumPrilosec and Prevacid, which are taken daily — can have serious side effects and “are not the benign drugs the public thinks they are,” said Dr. Shoshana J. Herzig of Harvard Medical School. Over the past five years, the federal Food and Drug Administration has issued numerous warnings about proton pump inhibitors, saying that long-term use, defined as a year or more, increases the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures (though studies have found an increase in bone fractures with use over shorter periods). Long-term use can also lead to low levels of magnesium in the blood, which can precipitate seizures, arrhythmias and muscle spasms, according to the F.D.A. The use of these inhibitors for any period of time is also associated with an increase of intestinal infections and a higher risk of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, a potentially life-threatening disease. An F.D.A. advisory warns patients who use these drugs to contact their health care providers immediately if they develop persistent diarrhea that does not improve. Several studies have also reported that proton pump inhibitors increase the risk for pneumonia in hospital patients; a similar increase was not seen among patients taking a different type of acid-reflux drug called a histamine-2 receptor blocker (a drug like Pepcid or Zantac), Dr. Herzig said. Long-term P.P.I. use may reduce the absorption of other important nutrients, vitamins and minerals besides magnesium, such as calcium, iron and vitamin B12, and has been linked with anemia. NOTE: Ask us about natural remedies for acid reflux

WELLNESS: Fatigue There are a lot of reasons for fatigue or energy loss. Poor diet, not being as active as your body type requires, hormone imbalances, blood sugar imbalances and stress on you nervous system from misalignments. To properly address diet you need to know your body type. With the knowledge of your body type you can learn the best foods to maintain chemical balance and health. This can go a long way in raising your energy level. When you know your body type you have insight on what type of exercises work best for you. With Vega testing we can determine any hormonal imbalances or blood sugar imbalances that might be affecting your sense of well-being. And with the proper chiropractic evaluation we can determine where you might be carrying stress on you nervous system and what organs or systems that might affect. Of course rest and relaxation along with 7-9 hours of sleep can go a long ways of maintaining better energy levels as well as better mental focus and function. Stimulants are the worst way of trying to address the lack of energy because your body is trying to tell you something is wrong and just whipping the horse with some stimulant will cause more problems. If you or someone you know are sick and tired of being sick and tired start with an evaluation at Keefe clinic. Remember the five laws of health: diet, exercise, rest and relaxation, a positive mental and spiritual attitude and a healthy nervous system.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Detoxification With more than 80,000 chemicals put into American household products, food, and food packaging each year, we need to detox. Things you should know about detoxing1. Limit AlcoholMore than 90% of alcohol is metabolized in your liver. 2. Focus on SleepSleeping allows your brain to reorganize and recharge itself, as well as remove toxic waste byproducts that have accumulated throughout the day One of those waste products is a protein called beta-amyloid, which contributes to the development of Alzheimer's disease. 3. Drink More WaterWater transports these waste products, efficiently removing them through urination, breathing, or sweating. So staying properly hydrated is important for detoxification 4. Reduce Your Intake of Sugar and Processed FoodsBy consuming less junk food, you can keep your body’s detoxification system healthy. Excess junk food consumption is linked to chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes. These conditions can cause harm to organs important to detoxifying, such as your liver and kidneys. 5. Eat Antioxidant-Rich FoodsAntioxidants protect your cells against damage caused by molecules called free radicals. Oxidative stress is a condition caused by excessive production of free radicals. 6. Eat Foods High in PrebioticsGut health is important for keeping your detoxification system healthy. Your intestinal cells have a detoxification and excretion system that protects your gut and body from harmful toxins, such as chemicals 7. Decrease Your Salt IntakeConsuming too much salt can cause your body to retain excess fluid, especially if you have a condition that affects your kidneys or liver — or if you don’t drink enough water. 8. Get Activephysical activity lowers inflammation and allows your body’s detoxification system to work properly. 9. Other Helpful Detox Tips Eat sulfur-containing foods.  Try out chlorella. Chlorella is a type of algae that has many nutritional benefits and may enhance the elimination of toxins like heavy metals, according to animal studies Flavor dishes with cilantro. Cilantro enhances excretion of certain toxins, such as heavy metals like lead, and chemicals, including phthalates and insecticides. Support glutathione. Eating sulfur-rich foods like eggs, broccoli, and garlic helps enhance the function of glutathione, a major antioxidant produced by your body that is heavily involved in detoxification. Switch to natural cleaning products. Choose natural body care. 

FUNNY BONE: "Doctor, please hurry. My son swallowed a razor-blade." "Don't panic, I'm coming immediately. Have you done anything yet?" "Yea, I shaved with the electric razor."@@ A man speaks frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!" "Is this her first child?" the doctor queries. "No, you idiot!" the man shouts. "This is her husband!"@@ Doctor: "I've got very bad news - you've got cancer and Alzheimer's" Patient: "Well, at least I don't have cancer"@@A man walks into a doctor's office. He has a cucumber up his nose, a carrot in his left ear and a banana in his right ear.
"What's the matter with me?" he asks the doctor. The doctor replies, "You're not eating properly."@@ "Doctor, are you sure I'm suffering from pneumonia? I've heard once about a doctor treating someone with pneumonia and finally he died of typhus." "Don't worry, it won't happen to me. If I treat someone with pneumonia he will die of pneumonia."@@ A pipe burst in a doctor's house. He called a plumber. The plumber arrived, unpacked his tools, did mysterious plumber-type things for a while, and handed the doctor a bill for $600. The doctor exclaimed, "This is ridiculous! I don't even make that much as a doctor!." The plumber quietly answered, "Neither did I when I was a doctor."

Week of: Monday Jan. 20. 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

CHIROPRACTIC: Is Chiropractic Care a Potential Solution for Stress? Chiropractic care deals with your spine, which is the root of the nervous system. One of the many effects of stress is the tension and contraction it can cause on muscles. This further leads to uneven pressure on the skeleton. With the whole skeletal system stressed out, it’s no surprise that the body and mind feel the effects too. There are ways in which chiropractic care eliminates this stress and ultimately relieves the body of the negative effects. Reduces Muscle Tension The strain caused on the muscles due to stress eventually takes its toll on the skeletal system. It can affect your daily life, as you start to encounter problems when sitting or walking. Keep ignoring the strain for some time and you’ll end up losing sleep and experiencing pain all over the body. And that’s where chiropractic care comes in. By aligning and adjusting the body, the tension in muscles is released. By removing stress on the nervous system there is a corresponding relaxation of the muscular system as well. Removing nerve pressure causes a cascade of chemical reactions within the nervous system that produce a sense of well-being. Stay regular with your chiropractic care.

WELLNESS: Let’s all be grateful Gratitude has a long tradition within world religions, where it is viewed as a virtue that leads to a good life. One simple and proven way of cultivating gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal, in which you document the things you’re thankful for each day. From a psychological perspective, the practice of gratitude has been shown to increase happiness and life satisfaction, lower stress, increase your perceived level of social support, improve emotional resiliency and reduce depression. Biologically, gratitude reduces pain and lowers inflammation, improves your heart rate variability and lowers your risk for heart disease, and improves sleep and general health by encouraging self-care. Studies have also shown gratitude can have a beneficial impact on other areas of your life as well — boosting productivity, reducing materialism and increasing generosity, for example, all of which can improve your general happiness.

IN THE NEWS: Cancer and the New Biology of Water  In “Cancer and the New Biology of Water,” Dr. Thomas Cowan explains why cancer is not a problem of oncogenes (a gene which in certain circumstances can transform a cell into a tumor cell) but rather a problem involving the cytoplasm — the structured water — of the cell. Mitochondrial defects are an integral part of the breakdown of the structure in the water, which then triggers the formation of cancer. "When you look at what the function of the mitochondria is — which is essentially to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — and you see what the role of ATP is and how integral ATP is to the structuring of the water in the cytoplasm, then you begin to see the connections between the mitochondrial dysfunction … [and the] deterioration of the cytoplasmic water that leads to cancer."Lifestyle strategies that will help restructure the water in your cells, thereby helping prevent cancer include eating a ketogenic diet and exposing your body to sunlight and near-infrared light such as near-infrared sauna. Other strategies include grounding to the earth by walking barefoot, posing yourself to the biofields of other biological entities, such as the touch of other humans and animals, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Mistletoe therapy stimulates your fever response.  It’s an immunostimulating medicine that also works like a chemo drug.

FUNNY BONES Late one night this guy is speeding down the empty road. A cop sees him go flying past so chases him and pulls him over. The cop goes up to the car and when the man rolls down the window, he asks, "Are you aware of how fast you were going, sir?" The man replies, "Yes I am. I'm trying to escape a robbery I got involved in." The cop looks at him disbelievingly and asks him, "Were you the one being robbed, sir?" The man casually replies, "Oh no, I was the one who committed the robbery. I was escaping." The cop is shocked and surprised that the man has admitted this so freely. He says, "So you're telling me you were speeding...AND committed a robbery?" "Oh yes," replies the man calmly. "I have all the loot in the back." The cop is now starting to get angry and says, "Sir, I'm afraid you have to come with me" as he reaches into the window to take the car keys out of the ignition. The man shouts, "Don't do that! I'm afraid that you'll find the gun in my glove compartment!" At this the cop pulls his hand out of the window and says, "Wait here" as he returns to his car and calls for backup. Soon there are cars, cops and helicopters all over, everywhere you look. The man is quickly dragged out of his car, handcuffed and taken towards a cop car. However, just before he is put in the car and taken away a cop walks up to him and says, while pointing at the cop that pulled him over, "Sir, this officer tells us that you had committed a robbery, had stolen loot in the trunk of your car, and had a loaded gun in your glove compartment. However, we didn't find any of these things in your car." The man replies, "Yeah, and I bet that liar said I was speeding too!"@@ Definitions from a different perspective: Feet-a device used for finding Legos in the dark. Clapping-repeatedly high-fiving yourself for someone else's accomplishment. Secrets-something you tell everyone to tell nobody. Laziness-risking to drop everything you carry rather than walking twice. Teenager-when you're too young for half the things you want to do and too old to do the other half.

Week of: Monday Jan. 13, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

The synchronized brain waves of non-REM sleep may play a key role in preventing toxins from accumulating in a person's brain. Researchers have been putting in late nights in their Boston University lab. Lewis ran tests until around 3:00 in the morning, then ended up sleeping in the next day. It was like she had jet lag, she says, without changing time zones. It’s not that Lewis doesn’t appreciate the merits of a good night’s sleep. She does. But when you’re trying to map what’s happening in a slumbering human’s brain, you end up making some sacrifices. “It’s this great irony of sleep research,” she says. “You’re constrained by when people sleep.” When we sleep our brains travel through several phases, from a light slumber to a deep sleep that feels like we’ve fallen unconscious, to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, when we’re more likely to have dreams. Lewis’ work looks at non-REM sleep, that deep phase which generally happens earlier in the night and which has already been associated with memory retention. One important 2013 study on mice showed that while the rodents slept, toxins like beta amyloid, which can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, got swept away. What she discovered was that during non-REM sleep, large, slow waves of cerebrospinal fluid were washing over the brain. The EEG readings helped show why. During non-REM sleep, neurons start to synchronize, turning on and off at the same time. “First you would see this electrical wave where all the neurons would go quiet,” says Lewis. Because the neurons had all momentarily stopped firing, they didn’t need as much oxygen. That meant less blood would flow to the brain. But Lewis’s team also observed that cerebrospinal fluid would then rush in, filling in the space left behind. The study also could have clinical applications for treating Alzheimer’s. Recent attempts at developing medications have targeted beta amyloid. But drugs that looked promising at first all failed once they got into clinical trials. “This opens a new avenue,” says Nedergaard. Instead of trying to act on one particular molecule, new interventions might instead focus on increasing the amount of cerebrospinal fluid that washes over the brain.

WELLNESS: Imbalance of fatty acids linked to most common age-related diseases Chronic disease is on the rise. Right now, 133 million Americans – nearly half the population – have at least one chronic illness such as diabetes or heart disease. With so much illness prevalent – and with the aging of the population overall – it’s no wonder many individuals are worried about healthy aging.  But, could consuming the proper amount of omega 3 fatty acids be part of the solution? Research shows most Americans are not consuming enough omega 3 fatty acids in their diets. Turns out this is hugely problematic, and not just because people aren’t getting enough of these healthy nutrients. People also aren’t consuming the right ratio of fatty acids – which is believed to be a major driver of age-related health problems. Omega 3 fatty acids, including EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), are healthy nutrients found abundantly in fatty fish. Another kind of fatty acids are called omega 6 fatty acids.  These are primarily found in foods containing sunflower, cottonseed, soybean, and corn oils – in other words, processed foods. This is exactly why the modern diet (which is heavy with processed foods) causes humans to consume way more omega 6 fatty acids and not enough omega 3 fatty acids.  In ancient history, our ancestors’ diet included a more balanced omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of about 4 to 1.  Today’s typical human has a ratio of 20 to 1! Why is this extreme ratio so bad for health and believed to be driving age-related diseases?  Well, the most common type of omega 6 fatty acid (called linoleic acid) gets transformed in the body into a substance that promotes inflammation and blood vessel constriction. While this isn’t necessarily “bad,” it is bad when so much omega 6 is being consumed that these inflammatory and blood vessel changes becomes chronic and widespread, which we see in things like heart disease. NOTE: do you need more omega 3, 6 or 9. Getting Vega testing can help determine your balance.

CHIROPRACTIC:  21 Benefits you might not have known: Improves joint mobility, function and health. Makes tight muscles loose and loose muscles tight and improves the contractibility (thereby strength) of the muscle. Decreases degeneration of the joint and connective tissues (arthritis). Decreases the on-­-going inflammatory process associated with the subluxation. Improves circulation taking stagnant blood out and bringing new blood in. Speeds up the recovery process. Improves nerve system function and the individual nerve’s ability to carry nerve impulses more efficiently. Strengthens the immune system. Improves individual organ system function (heart, lung, sinuses, digestive, etc). Improves a person’s disposition (they’re more FUN to be around). Calms a hyperactive mind and energizes a depressed mind. Increases energy, vitality and improves sleep. Relieves/Improves Prenatal Discomfort Decreases length of labor and associated back pain. Decreases the adverse effects of stress. Improves athletic performance (for ANY sport). Improves Quality of Life by enhancing the enjoyment/fulfillment of a person’s Key Values Prevention ability for sickness, disease and pain. Improves overall health and wellness for infants and children. Improves cognitive ability (ability to THINK more clearly). Oh…and it DECREASES PAIN!

FUNNY BONES: During the heat of the space race in the 1960's, NASA quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules. After considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of $1 million. The pen worked in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on earth.

The Soviet Union, when faced with the same problem, used a pencil.

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Week of: Monday Jan. 6, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

CHIROPRACTIC: Keeping the immune system strong during cold and flu season Spinal adjustments have been shown to boost immune function because they serve to correct the spinal misalignments that cause neural dysfunction. ... Even one adjustment can bring about an immediate immune boost. A chiropractic adjustment isn't the only way to increase your immune function.  Several years ago a scientists studying chiropractic patients found they had a 200% more active immune system than the average person on the street.  Because the nervous system regulates and controls all other systems of the body including the immune system when you release stress on the nervous system through an adjustment you allow the immune system to better express itself in defending you against viruses and bacteria. It's important to maintain some type of regular care in order to reap these benefits. During cold and flu season is an excellent time to get weekly adjustments. Also remember the five laws of health: a clean diet including plenty of filtered water, some form of regular exercise, rest and relaxation (7-9 hours of sleep), a positive mental and spiritual attitude, and a nervous system free of pressure. As more and more independent research shows how ineffective the flu shot is, utilize natural healthcare to give your body the best chance. And if you notice early signs of a cold or they get testing can help determine the nutrients your body's needing to better fight. Remember, chiropractic first, drug second and surgery last. Stay well in the new year utilize regular chiropractic care.

WELLNESS: Immune-boosting foods to get you through cold and flu season  

Ginger tea When it comes to treating a common cold, ginger is one of the best foods for relief. In a review published in the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers summarized that ginger’s potent anti-inflammtory properties were key in the root’s powers to combat a cold or flu. Oranges are packed with vitamin C, an essential nutrient when you’re feeling under the weather. Water When you’re feeling sick, good ol’ H2O can be one of the most helpful drinks to sip. Staying hydrated can help loosen trapped mucus. Greek yogurt is filled with sickness-fighting probiotics and is packed with more protein than regular yogurt. A meta-analysis published in the journal Korean Journal of Family Medicine found that probiotics can help to prevent and treat the common cold. Blueberries are filled with antioxidants that can help treat and prevent coughs and colds. According to research conducted by the University of Auckland, consuming flavonoids — a class of antioxidants found in blueberries — made adults 33 percent less likely to catch a cold than those who did not eat flavonoid-rich foods or supplements daily. Ginseng tea is popular for more reasons than its delicious taste. Namely, the tea has been used as a treatment for upper respiratory tract infections (aka the common cold). Wild salmon is filled with zinc, a nutrient that has been proven to assist with reducing common cold symptoms. Green tea is one of the best sources for fighting off a cold. It contains flavonoids, an antioxidant that boosts immunity, and has anti-inflammatory properties, according to a study published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology. Garlic has built a reputation for being one of the best cold-curing foods, and for good reason. A review of the food published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews showed that a group of participants in a study who ate garlic over a three-month period only had 24 cases of the common cold total, a significant decrease in comparison to the 65 cases reported by the control group.

IN THE NEWS: Get dramatic relief from the symptoms of menopause naturally The good news: Multiple clinical studies demonstrate the efficacy of Siberian rhubarb. Used in Germany for over a quarter of a century to treat menopause symptoms, Siberian rhubarb extract is derived from the rhizomes (or underground stems) of rhapontic rhubarb, which is botanically known as Rheum rhaponticum. In a landmark study published in Menopause, researchers gave either a placebo or 4 mg of Siberian rhubarb extract a day to a group of 109 women suffering from symptoms of perimenopause.  And, the results were dramatic! The rhubarb group experienced a 54 percent decrease in total symptom scores, as measured by the Menopause Rating Scale (since 2004, the MRS has been acknowledged as the gold standard for evaluating menopausal symptoms). In addition, there were “significant improvements” in all 11 menopause symptoms.  In other words, there was no symptom that did not respond to the therapy – truly encouraging news! No adverse effects were reported, leading the team to conclude that the extract was well tolerated and safe.

FUNNY BONES: Anne went away to college and promptly became an avid animal right activist. When she came home for the Holidays she noticed her mother wearing a beautiful genuine fur coat. “Oh Mom,” Anne exclaimed in a disapproving tone, “some animal must have suffered terribly just so you can get a fur coat.” “ANNE!” Screamed her Mom Aghast ” I SEND YOU AWAY TO COLLEGE AND YOU COME BACK TALKING LIKE THAT?! HOW DARE YOU TALK THAT WAY ABOUT YOUR DAD!!!”@@ As a popular local politician I always try to help out whenever I can. So that’s how it came to be that when a fellow came up to me in a hotel lobby the other day and asked me for a small favor I was more then happy to oblige. “Hi,” said the fellow, introducing himself as Bob Smith. “I’m having a very important business meeting in a few minutes, and it’s very important that I impress them. If you can just come over during our meeting and say hello I would be forever indebted to you!” So that’s how a few minutes later, I found myself walking over to the fellow with a big smile on my face, “Hi Bob!” I said. “I barely got the words out of my mouth when Bob looked up with an annoyed expression, “DON’T BOTHER ME NOW CHRIS. CAN’T YOU SEE I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF AN IMPORTANT MEETING?!

Week of: Monday Dec. 30, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Study Suggests Early-Life Exposure To Dogs May Lessen Risk Of Developing Schizophrenia Ever since humans domesticated the dog, the faithful, obedient and protective animal has provided its owner with companionship and emotional well-being. Now, a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that being around “man’s best friend” from an early age may have a health benefit as well — lessening the chance of developing schizophrenia as an adult.  “Serious psychiatric disorders have been associated with alterations in the immune system linked to environmental exposures in early life, and since household pets are often among the first things with which children have close contact, it was logical for us to explore the possibilities of a connection between the two,” says Robert Yolken, M.D., chair of the Stanley Division of Pediatric Neurovirology and professor of neurovirology in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and lead author of a research paper recently posted online in the journal PLOS One. In the study, Yolken and colleagues at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore investigated the relationship between exposure to a household pet cat or dog during the first 12 years of life and a later diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. For schizophrenia, the researchers were surprised to see a statistically significant decrease in the risk of a person developing the disorder if exposed to a dog early in life. Across the entire age range studied, there was no significant link between dogs and bipolar disorder, or between cats and either psychiatric disorder.

WELLNESS: Nutritional strategies to improve heart health Heart disease statistics are absolutely out-of-control and clearly demand a new approach for millions of people.  According to the most recent reports, someone dies of cardiovascular disease every 38 seconds and, on average, someone dies of a stroke every 3.70 minutes!  Costing billions of dollars per year, we want to focus our attention onto highly effective heart health strategies. With frequently strong ties to drug companies and easy access to medications, conventionally-trained physicians are quick to prescribe drugs to “treat” heart disease and its symptoms. However, besides being costly, these drugs have unwanted (dangerous) side effects. Thankfully, these toxic drugs are not your only option.  In fact, there are many nutritional supplements that can improve heart health – at a fraction of the cost in pain and dollars spent. Doctors are likely to fall back on prescription drugs when they notice hypertension or elevated cholesterol or triglyceride levels. What they don’t always tell you is that poor nutrition is one of the biggest causes of heart disease.  And, of course, their medical training leaves them with little knowledge as to how to cure any chronic disease condition. For example, does your doctor understand that omega-3 fatty acids can lower triglycerides, regulate blood pressure, and lower LDL cholesterol?  Garlic is one of the most powerful herbs for heart health – thanks to its active compound called allicin. One study looked at the effects of garlic on blood pressure. Dr. Kurt M. Reinhart and colleagues at Hartford Hospital concluded that this “suggests that garlic is associated with blood pressure reductions in patients with an elevated systolic blood pressure.” Vitamin C and D are widely known to help lower the risk of degenerative diseases – especially heart disease and cancer. In addition, the B vitamins – B6, B12, and folic acid – can lower the risk of a stroke. And, finally, foods (or supplements) rich in flavonoids derived from chocolate, berries, and apples, plus DHEA, a hormone, can substantially improve heart health.  If you’re suffering with heart disease – find a trusted, (experienced) healthcare provider to help guide you through the healing process.

CHIROPRACTIC: NUMBNESS IN THE ARM AND HAND if you or someone you know suffers from numbness in the arm or hand then you’re most likely dealing with the neck problem. Sometimes you might not have any symptoms in your neck yet the tiny bones in your neck could be pressing on the nerves that go down to your fingertips. Besides nerve pressure an unresolved whiplash can cause compression on the discs in the neck and as they break down put pressure on the nerves to the fingers. Realignment of the neck can resolve this condition along with shoulder problems, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome as well as numbness or swelling in the hand. It’s important to understand you can have nerve pressure without pain. If you or someone you know suffers from this condition have them call 918-663-1111.

If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get? Missletoe!@@Why is Christmas just like a day at the office? You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.

Week of: Monday Dec. 16, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: The root cause of your pneumonia risk revealed by: Lexie Wynn, staff writer | November 29, 2019 Pneumonia is one of the worst killers for older Americans ranking as the sixth leading cause of death in people 65 and older.  With numbers staggering up to one million hospitalizations from this illness each year, you’re lucky to make it through a winter season without catching this, if your health is sub-par. In many cases, being over the age of 65 increases the likelihood that nutrients will not be absorbed efficiently.  In fact, even with a healthy diet (at any age), malnutrition can still be an issue – making it difficult for some to even maintain a healthy body weight – especially if the body is saturated with toxins like, mercury or aluminum. Simply put, a poor nutritional status will greatly increase the risk of pneumonia, especially as we age. If you find yourself in this category of potential malnutrition, your fat-soluble vitamin levels may be too low. Check with an integrative physician to see if your current levels in a blood test reveal a problem. For example, studies have found that those with low levels of vitamin D were 2.6 times more likely to experience pneumonia compared to adults with normal levels. This is especially true for CAP (Community-acquired pneumonia) cases. Vitamin E is also found to have advantageous effects on CAP with 63% lower odds of re-hospitalization after having CAP pneumonia. NOTE: besides the nutrients list, to protect yourself during the wintertime you need a cool mist humidifier and a humidity gauge to keep the humidity between 40 and 60%. Sugar suppresses immunity so keep junk food at a minimum and get more fruits and vegetables. Keep your water intake high as the dry air will deplete your of water.

WELLNESS: How to Prevent and Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs seasonally, typically ramping up in the fall and winter months and disappearing come spring. Helpful treatments include optimizing your vitamin D and omega-3 levels, light therapy (including blue light exposure in the morning, but not later in the day), optimizing your sleep, the Emotional Freedom Techniques and exercise. Your health and mood are intricately tied to exposure to sunlight. For example, your serotonin levels (the hormone typically associated with elevating your mood) rise when you're exposed to bright light. Your melatonin level also rises and falls (inversely) with light and darkness. Vitamin D deficiency is very common, and should be a top consideration when you’re looking for a solution to flagging mood and energy — especially if it occurs during fall and winter months. While light therapy can take up to four weeks before you notice improvement, it was shown to be more effective than antidepressants for moderate to severe depression in a 2015 study.

HEALTH TIPS: Don't Drink Sugar Calories. ...Eat Nuts. ...Avoid Processed Junk Food (Eat Real Food Instead) ...Eat Fatty Fish. ...Get Enough Sleep. ...Take Care of Your Gut Health With Probiotics and Fiber. ...Drink Some Water, Especially Before Meals…. Don't Overcook or Burn Your Meat….Avoid Bright Lights Before Sleep….Take Vitamin D3 if You Don't Get Much Sun….Eat Vegetables and Fruits….Make Sure to Eat Enough Protein….Do Some Cardio, or Just Walk More….Don't Smoke or do Drugs, and Only Drink in Moderation …Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil…Don't Eat a Lot of Refined Carbohydrates…Don't Fear Saturated Fat…Lift Heavy Things…Avoid Artificial Trans Fats….Use Plenty of Herbs and Spices….Take Care of Your Relationships… Allow the doctor inside full access to your organs and glands by removing communication blockage through regular chiropractic adjustments, the best foods in the world won’t help if you can’t digest them, properly absorb them and then utilize them at a cellular level. Chiropractic makes a difference, through regular adjustments you raise the level of health within your body.

FUNNY BONE: “I hate the radio this time of year because they play “All I Want For Christmas Is You” like, every other song. And that’s just not enough.”– Bridger Winegar@@ “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.”– Shirley Temple@@ “Let me see if I’ve got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn’t laundering illegal drug money?”– Tom Armstrong@@ “Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.”– Richard Lamm@@ “The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.”– Joan Rivers@@ “I bought my brother some gift wrap for Christmas. I took it to the gift wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.”– Steven Wright

Week of: Monday Dec. 9, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Staying healthy in winter with Super Foods  Do your immune system a favor and pack more fruits and vegetables on your plate. They're loaded with nutrients, called antioxidants, that are good for you. Add more fruits and vegetables of any kind to your diet. It'll help your health. Some foods are higher in antioxidants than others, though. The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. You’ll find them in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow hues. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon . Vitamin C: berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green, or yellow peppers. Vitamin E: broccoli (boiled), avocado, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach (boiled), and sunflower seeds. These foods are also rich in antioxidants:Prunes, Apples, Raisins, Plums, Red grapes, Alfalfa sprouts, Onions, Eggplant, Beans. Other antioxidants that can help keep you healthy include: Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, some fortified cereals (check the ingredients to see if zinc has been added), and dairy products Selenium : Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads, and other grain products Cooking tip: To get the biggest benefits of antioxidants, eat these foods raw or lightly steamed. Don’t overcook or boil them.

WELLNESS: Fatty liver can cause kidney failure without warning signs According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1 in 7 Americans are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and the vast majority of people still in the mild stages of this life-altering disease don’t even know they have it.  Today, we feature research from the American Journal of Kidney Disease, which reveals the often overlooked risk factor for kidney failure – nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Unfortunately, research also shows that liver disease signs and symptoms are often overlooked or nearly non-existent, too – even in advanced stages. This means millions of individuals could be careening toward fatty liver disease and life-threatening kidney failure, which hurts their chances of doing something positive to avoid it. NAFLD occurs when there is a build up of fatty tissue in a person’s liver, even if they drink little to no alcohol. This can reduce liver function over time and may also lead to dangerous scarring on the liver (cirrhosis) which further impairs liver health. The study featured in today’s article looked at the data of 262,619 patients newly diagnosed with NAFLD and 769,878 patients without it. After controlling for a variety of factors, the researchers discovered that the incidence of CKD was significantly higher among people with a NAFLD diagnosis. Why the link? Authors of the paper published in The American Journal of Kidney Diseases point to “experimental evidence” which indicates that “nonalcoholic fatty liver disease itself may exacerbate systemic and hepatic insulin resistance, cause [elevated levels of triglycerides and small-dense low-density lipoprotein and low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol], and release a variety of proinflammatory, procoagulant, pro-oxidant, and profibrogenic mediators,” all of which are key movers in the development of CKD. NOTE: To avoid fatty liver it's important to follow your body type diet and reduce the amount of refined carbohydrate that gets stored and thus clogged within the liver. We can do blood work to check your liver enzymes and they get testing to determine the amount of stress in your liver as well as what nutrients can help.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Whiplash Whiplash is an injury to the neck muscles from rapid forward and backward motion of the neck caused by a trauma (eg, a car accident). It can cause acute (short-term) neck pain as well as restricted movement in your neck.  Stages of Whiplash Treatment-Soon after whiplash occurs—in the acute phase—the chiropractor will work on reducing neck inflammation using various therapy modalities. He or she may also use gentle stretching and manual therapy techniques (eg, muscle energy therapy, a type of stretching). The chiropractor may also recommend you apply an ice pack on your neck and/or a light neck support to use for a short period of time. As your neck becomes less inflamed and the pain decreases, your chiropractor will perform gentle Spinal Adjustments or other chiropractic techniques to restore normal motion to your neck's facet joints. A past publication of the Journal of Neurology stated that chiropractic is the only recognized treatment for whiplash. Drugs might help with symptoms but they don't realign the spine or correct the injury.

FUNNY BONE: “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.” – Victor Borge@@“My husband’s idea of getting the Christmas spirit is to become Scrooge.” – Melanie White@@“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” – Dave Barry@@“Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and receipts for all major purchases.”– Bridger Winegar@@“I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin.” – Winston Spear@@“The principal advantage of the non-parental lifestyle is that on Christmas Eve you need not be struck dumb by the three most terrifying words that the government allows to be printed on any product: “Some assembly required.”” – John Leo@@“Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.”– Kin Hubbard@@“What I like about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with the present.”– Don Marquis@@ “I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.” – Henny Youngman@@“For Christmas this year, try giving less. Start with less attitude. There’s more than enough of that in the world as it is – and people will usually just give it back anyway!”– Anne Bristow

Week of: Monday Dec. 2, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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WELLNESS:  The connection between artificial sweeteners and diabetes

by: Lori Alton, staff writer | November 25, 2019

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes has become a pandemic, affecting 30 million people in the United States alone. Unfortunately, the rate of diabetes continues to grow exponentially due to the overconsumption of processed foods – which dominate the standard American diet or its more popular name, “SAD.”

Shockingly, by 2030, WHO is predicting diabetes will become the seventh leading cause of death around the world.  So, what’s the main ingredient fueling this health crisis of metabolic disorders?  Look no further than the consumption of artificial sweeteners, under names like, Sweet’N Low, NutriSweet, Equal, aspartame – the list goes on and on.

Listen to the experts: Artificial sweeteners are neurotoxic – causing major health problems

A study at the Imperial College of London found that people who drink a single 12-ounce soda a day increased their risk of type-2 diabetes by 18 percent – compared to those who avoided soda.

A study from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that women who drink one soda per day double their risk of developing type 2 diabetes – compared to women who drink less than one soda per month.

In addition, if these quotes (below) don’t make you think twice about consuming artificial sweeteners … then, nothing will.

 “Unfortunately, many patients in my practice, and others seen in consultation, developed serious metabolic, neurologic and other complications that could be specifically attributed to using aspartame products. This was evidenced by the loss of diabetic control, the intensification of hypoglycemia, the occurrence of presumed ‘insulin reactions’ (including convulsions) that proved to be aspartame reactions, and the precipitation, aggravation or simulation of diabetic complications (especially impaired vision and neuropathy) while using these products… dramatic improvement of such features after avoiding aspartame, and the prompt predictable recurrence of these problems when the patient resumed aspartame products, knowingly or inadvertently.” – H.J.Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P

“In view of all these indications that the cancer-causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established way beyond any reasonable doubt, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act? Is it not clear beyond any shadow of a doubt that aspartame has caused brain tumors or brain cancer in animals?” – Dr. Adrian Gross, former FDA toxicologist

“So in the case of diet drinks in aluminum cans, the very toxic brain aluminum fluoride compound co-exists with multiple toxins found in aspartame, thus creating the most powerful government-approved toxic soup imaginable. With the strong association between aluminum, excitotoxins, aluminum fluoride complexes and Alzheimer’s disease, it would be completely irresponsible to encourage people to consume this toxic mixture.” – Russell Blaylock, M.D.

Uninformed consumers, in an effort to reduce sugar intake and reduce the risk of diabetes, tend to think that artificial sweeteners offer some kind of “safe” alternative to processed sugar. But, as we now know, the scientific evidence is abundantly clear – consuming artificial sweeteners actually increase the risk of obesity, diabetes plus many other health problems.

How artificial sweeteners cause glucose intolerance

When researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel began studying the effects of aspartame, sucralose and other artificial sweeteners in the body, what they found was startling. Data acquired through the study revealed a significant change within the composition and function of the ‘good’ bacteria within the intestines of mice fed a steady measure of various non-caloric artificial sweeteners.

Since these bacteria play an important role in digestion and glucose metabolism, threatening this balance of good and bad bacteria, within the gut, by eating artificial sweeteners can lead to glucose intolerance, over time.

In addition to changing the intestinal bacterial composition, artificial sweeteners were also linked to higher blood sugar levels. People who regularly consume chemical sugar substitutes were found to have greater difficulty regulating blood sugar, and people who do not normally consume artificial sweeteners experienced higher blood sugar levels after doing so for just one week.

One of the researchers at Weizmann, Eran Elinav, told reporters during a news conference that he made a decision to stop using artificial sweeteners because of the surprising results of the study.

Artificial sweeteners proven to do more harm than good

With scientific data that upholds the dangers of artificial sweeteners within the gut and other areas of the body, why would anyone continue consuming these dangerous substances? Furthermore, why are these substances still touted as ‘safe’ and even beneficial for people who need to lower their sugar intake or calorie consumption?

Sadly, there are many organizations like, the American Cancer Society … that continue to push the notion that aspartame is “safe” and does not cause cancer.  Just look at what they say … and we’ll let you decide how deceptive they are.

In about 6,000 food products, artificial sweeteners lurk in all kinds of commonly consumed products such as, sugar-free gum, diet sodas, breakfast cereals, baby food and even the most popular brands of yogurt. It’s no wonder we see the steady growth of obesity, diabetes and neurological diseases like, Alzheimer’s.

Instead of using these neurotoxin poisons to prevent or “manage” diabetes, we must learn to enjoy natural sugars (in moderation) and commit to a lifestyle of clean, healthy living – including the consumption of organic vegetables, fruits, sprouted nuts, seeds plus a reasonable amount of healthy fats and proteins … as much as possible.

Combined with an active lifestyle, a balanced diet of real food – found in nature – free of artificial sweeteners and other food additives … will enable you to maintain a healthy blood sugar level and never be concerned about diabetes.

Sources for this article include:

Clinical.Diabetesjournals.org
Nature.com

IN THE NEWS: Stents, bypass surgery serve ‘no advantage’ in terms of survival, decreasing heart disease Recent research has revealed that undergoing bypass surgery or stent placement is not any more effective than using drugs in treating heart disease. Dr. Marc Siegel told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on Monday that the $84 million study, led by NYU professor Judith Hochman, discovered there’s “no advantage” in either treatment, in terms of survival and decreasing heart attacks. NOTE: For the past 50+ years the medical profession has recommended a low fat, high complex carbohydrate diet to try to prevent heart disease. The problem with these recommendations or they were based on fake science plus they do not improve cardiovascular disease except in a small percent of patients. In April 1996 the Second International Symposium on Dietary Fats and Oil Consumption in health and disease was hosted by the Southwestern University Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Nutritional researchers from around the world presented their findings on the effects of fat in the human diet. After the presentations showing the subjects following the low-fat diet hadn’t got rid of their obesity, had not lowered their cholesterol levels, had lowered their HDL levels (the good cholesterol), and had increased their blood levels of triglycerides (a major risk factor for heart disease), the moderators of the symposium pronounced the low-fat diet a failure. Restoring the communication channels between your central nervous system and the heart along with diet and exercise based on your genetic body type are the best things you can do to prevent heart disease. If you suffer from symptoms then Vega testing can help us determine what targeted nutrients you need to overcome that dysfunction.

CHIROPRACTIC:Surprise: Chiropractors Can Treat These Conditions  Chiropractic care – which is based on the understanding that, given the opportunity, the mind and body can heal itself – can treat many issues that might surprise you. Here's a look at the top five most surprising conditions a chiropractor can treat: 1. Migraines and tension headaches Research shows that spinal Adjustments is an effective way to treat tension headaches and headaches that begin in the neck. In a clinical trial conducted at Macquarie University, 72 percent of migraine sufferers experienced either "substantial" or "noticeable" improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment. 2. Stress and anxiety We perceive stress from three basic sources: our environment, our body and our emotions. Chiropractic adjustments are primarily with the spine – the root of the nervous system through which nerve impulses travel between the brain and the rest of the body – and can help the body manage and process this stress in a healthier way. Chiropractors can release muscle tension, one effect of chronic stress that leads to nerve irritation and creates uneven pressures on the body's bony structures, which can cause the spinal column to become misaligned. This, in turn, helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce spinal nerve irritation and improve blood circulation, which can help signal the brain to turn off the "fight or flight" response and begin the healing process. A doctor of chiropractic can suggest nutritional supplements, like B complex vitamins, to help the body cope with stress. A chiropractor can also recommend relaxation techniques and discuss posture and environmental changes to help you recover from chronic stress. 3. Fibromyalgia is a widespread condition that affects about 2 percent of the United States, and medical science has yet to discover the cause of this condition. In one study, 60 percent of the subjects treated by a chiropractor experienced a significant improvement: reduced pain improved sleep and decreased fatigue. 4. Weak immune systems The nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system are inextricably linked. Together they share tiny messenger molecules that mediate communication between them, creating optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately. Nerve pressure can lead to a weakened immune system. Patients who receive regular chiropractic care have an immune system that is 200% more effective than the average person on the street.

FUNNY BONE: My town had a really bad storm two days ago and my neighbor lost the roof of his house. The poor guy doesn't have insurance so I decided to start a "gofundme" to raise money so I can go to Hawaii for a few weeks because he's about to start doing construction and I hate being around all that noise.@@ Taxes are essentially just a yearly subscription to the country you live in........ childhood is a free trial.

Week of: Monday Nov. 25, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Common antibiotic could lead to fatal heart issues Antibiotics are a popular class of drugs that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate are frequently over-prescribed. In fact, the CDC has previously suggested that as many as 1 in 3 antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary! Used to kill infections, antibiotics can also wreak havoc on your gut health and immune system. And along with the physicians incorrectly prescribing them and individuals incorrectly taking them, antibiotics are giving rise to the dangerous public health crisis of antibiotic resistance, aka “superbugs.”  To make matters worse, data indicates that a certain type of antibiotic sold as, Zithromax poses serious heart risks to consumers. So, to help yourself stay healthy throughout the year and help you avoid both bacterial infections and antibiotics …Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and vitamin D through foods like leafy greens, citrus fruits, fatty fish and eggs (you can also back up your health with high quality supplements). Cut out heavily processed foods: Especially simple sugars, these foods are main drivers behind the rise of chronic disease and can make you sick, fat, and more prone to infections. Commit to good quality sleep! Not getting enough sleep damages your immune system. It also promotes weight gain and higher levels of stress.

WELLNESS: Flu Vaccine? Everyone knows about the flu and the flu vaccine. What people do not know is that flu vaccines are nearly useless in preventing flu, they will cause the flu, and they often result in nervous system damage that can take years for the body to repair. Other nations chuckle at Americans' infatuation with the flu vaccine. The joke would indeed be funny if it weren't for the damaging effects caused by the vaccine.  The history of the flu vaccine reads like one stumbling fiasco after another. Take an example. Ever wonder how the particular viruses are chosen for next year's vaccine? The answer could be drawn from a 1930s film noir of Shanghai villainy. Scientists kill migrating ducks in Asia, culture the viruses and put those in next year's vaccine, because they have seen an association between bird and pig viruses and the following year's human flu epidemics. Perhaps this desperate guesswork is responsible for so many years when the flu vaccine's viruses had nothing in common with circulating viruses. According to a CDC report of the 1994-1995 flu season, 87 percent of type A influenza virus samples were not similar to the year's vaccine, and 76 percent of type B virus were not similar to the virus in that year's vaccine. During the 1992-1993 season, 84 percent of samples for the predominant type A virus were not similar to the virus in the vaccine. Study after Study Shows the flu shot is ineffective. A study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. The researchers concluded that “significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting” examined. A 2008 study published in The Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. This also supports an earlier study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the elderly, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now. In 2007, researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health published this conclusion in the Lancet Infectious Diseases: A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children under 2. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months.

CHIROPRACTIC: Staying well in the wintertime. Patients who get regular chiropractic care have an immune system 200% more effective than the average person on the street. Regular adjustments keep the communication channels open to your immune system allowing it to react quickly to challenges. Keeping your mucous membranes healthy works as a barrier to cold and flu viruses, maintaining proper hydration and keep the humidity in your house about 40% (40-60% is normal) helps maintain that all in important barrier. As the air dries out during the wintertime and the amount of sunlight decreases your body's demand for A&D increase. We can check you for the proper dose of A&D as well as vitamin C. Going through a detox could also be important for immunity sake if your diet has been less than ideal and your fluid intake has been low as these will allow for the accumulation of toxins. Proper sleep is important for your immune system and during sleep this gives your brain an opportunity to detox and a healthy brain and spinal cord is important in the communication channels of the body to maintain a strong immune system this is why regular chiropractic adjustments are helpful. If you or a family member start to develop symptoms it is important to come in right away so we can determine what your body is needing to overcome the cold or flu. The earlier you get started in treatment the faster the resolution of the virus. But remember the five laws of health-diet, exercise, rest and relaxation, a positive mental and spiritual attitude and a healthy nervous system free of subluxations.

FUNNY BONE:  Letters to Santa: Dear Santa, I have been trying to be a responsible person. I hope I would get what I always wanted. The thing I want most is a dog. dog. dog. I know I haven’t been taking care of my Giga dog but it is not real and a dog would be. Santa, I would even trade my one and only Mom for a dog. I knew that a dog would be a big responsibility but I have been bugging my Dad since I was three and I’m tired of it! Love, Megan.”@@ “Dear Santa, I am not eating my boogers anymore. So now you can bring me some toys please. I want a cat toy that plays with you. Thank you, your friend, Rayne.”@@ “Dear Santa Claus, Did you live when the dinosaurs lived? I want a giga dog. I want a barbie house and a puppy. Love, Jessica.”@@ “Dear Santa and helpers, I have been very good this year. I am expecting a little sister. I don’t want her. Momy says her will be fun. I heard girls stink. I will trade you my sister when she comes from the stork for a elf. I want a race car and a Garage set for Christmas. There will be sugar cookies and burritos waiting for you. Thank you, Santa. Craig.”

Week of: Monday Nov. 18, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: The Role of Fungus in Cancer Research shows fungi can migrate from your gut to your pancreas, where it can contribute to the development of pancreatic cancer. In mouse and human models, pancreatic tumors contain 3,000 times more fungi than normal pancreatic tissue. Pancreatic tumors had far greater amounts of a common fungal genus called Malassezia. Using an antifungal drug was found to be protective, slowing down the progression of the tumor. The fungi trapped in the pancreas appears to drive tumor growth by activating MBL (mannose-binding lectin), a liver protein that triggers an immune mechanism involved in fighting infections. Solid tumors excrete acid and the spread of cancer cells is stimulated by acidic conditions in the surrounding tissues. Acid is a byproduct of glucose metabolism, which ties in with research showing cancer feeds on and is accelerated by a diet high in sugar. Previous research suggests baking soda can be helpful for inhibiting cancer metastasis. It also appears to improve the effectiveness of other cancer treatments. NOTE: Ask about our pH food list.

WELLNESS: Natural home remedies for asthma Worldwide, well over 200 million people are suffering with asthma and, to make matters even worse, this condition is largely “under-diagnosed and under-treated,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In terms of the United States population, “more than 60% of adults with current asthma had uncontrolled asthma,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Asthma attacks can range from troublesome to fatal.   And, while the reason behind the constriction of bronchial tubes may be open for debate, known triggers for asthmatic attacks include not only exercise, but also respiratory infections and emotional stress. Nutritional therapies that work. Of course, as stated early, you can try to eliminate gluten from the diet – which includes all wheat, barley and/or rye products.  In addition, according to the staff of the Mayo Clinic, asthma symptoms can be improved with consumption of pycnogenol and magnesium.And, finally, while noting that additional studies would be useful, the clinic states that blends of different types of herbs – like garlic and turmeric – can be useful as a non-toxic alternative to prescription drugs to eliminate asthma symptoms. In one study of 80 asthma sufferers over the course of four months, butterbur root extract was found to reduce the severity, duration and even frequency of asthma attacks.  Over 40 percent of the study’s subjects were able to decrease their use of conventional asthma medication. In addition, at the first sign of an asthma attack, it has been found that a tincture of three parts lobelia to one part cayenne pepper mixed in water can stop an attack before it becomes full-blown. 2. Be sure to consume high quality, omega-3 fatty acids. 3. Learn about breathing and relaxation techniques. 

CHIROPRACTIC: Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or the Hot Tub? Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm. When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area. Muscle pain can be quite severe and heat can sometimes soothe the pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad or to the hot tub to try and get some relief. This should be avoided in an acute injury because inflammation is present. With inflammation, there is increased heat and the additional heat you provide is like adding gasoline to a fire. The results are usually not good. A better choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. When you first ice the area, you will go through several phases before some pain relief is achieved. At first, the pack will feel cold. The next phase is a burning sensation and the ice will almost feel hot. This is followed by an aching or throbbing sensation. Just before the area is numbed, a very sharp pain will be experienced followed by the relief you desire. It can take between five to ten minutes to go through all of the phases.  Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on. If this simple procedure does not solve the problem, it’s best to get your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.

FUNNY BONE: “I am traveling around Ireland. Decided to take a funny photo with a sheep wearing my glasses. So if you meet a sheep in Ray-Ban shades...”@@ “Today, a Russian man asked me if I came from Russia. Being surprised, I answered that I didn’t. Then he explained that my tattoos translated to belonging to the mafia. Hmm!”@@ “I fell asleep on a train and slept for only several minutes. When I woke up, everyone in the wagon was looking at me with strange smiles. I still don’t know what I did.”@@ “My daughter-in-law taught my grandson to cry and shout, ‘Am I not good enough for you?’ And he does it every time I ask her whether she would like to have one more child.”@@ “Today I got a strong urge to buy my wife flowers. She accepted them with tears in her eyes saying, ’Darling, you didn’t forget.’ The most interesting thing is that I still don’t understand what she was talking about. Well, at least I dodged a bullet!”@@ Sister Marry was truly a religious woman. Besides for her duties as a nun, she was also very active in various hospitals visiting sick patients and taking care of all their needs. So it was no surprise that one day when she ran out of gas, the only container she could find to put the gas into was a bedpan. Sister Mary happily walked two blocks to the closest gas station filled up the bedpan with gas and headed back to her car. Luck would have it that as Sister Mary started tipping the gas into the fuel tank, the traffic light turned red and she had quite a large audience witnessing the spectacle. Just when she finished pouring in the last drops of gas a fellow opened up his window and hollered, “I swear! If that car starts I’m becoming a religious man!”

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Week of: Monday Nov. 11, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: The Study:  Observational retrospective study of the association of initial healthcare provider for new-onset low back pain with early and long-term opioid use--a. The authors wanted to find out if the type of provider that patients suffering from new-onset low back pain saw initially affected early and long term opioid usage. b. Several previous studies have suggested that seeing a conservative therapist “(defined as chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists)” may decrease the likelihood of opioid use in low back pain patients as compared to seeing a primary care physician.   c. The authors noted that the primary independent variable that they used for this study was the “type of initial healthcare provider including physicians and conservative therapists (physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists)” seeing the patient. e. “ Initial treatment from conservative therapists in those with LBP was associated with a marked decrease in the odds of early and long-term opioid use.”   f. The authors felt there were a number of factors that might account for the decrease in opioid usage in those seeking conservative therapies.  g. They noted that it could be because non-MDs  do not prescribe opioids, or that the patients who sought care from non-MD may have “educational level or preferences which may also result in decreased desire for those patients to use opioids” or that the conservative care may result in improvement in pain and back function so the conservative care patients did not have a desire to use opioids.  h. “the most frequent initial conservative provider seen was a chiropractor”   Take Home: In patients who suffered from new-onset low back pain, opioid usage was lower in patients who initially sought care from chiropractors or physical therapists as opposed to primary care physicians.

WELLNESS: Humidity And Your Health In the wintertime humidity is a big issue.  As the weather turns colder and the heaters start working 24/7 then the indoor air will start drying out. Studies have shown that dry air has four main effects on the human body: 1. Breathing dry air is a potential health hazard that can cause such respiratory ailments as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and nosebleeds or general dehydration since body fluids are depleted during respiration.  2. Skin moisture evaporation can cause skin irritations and eye itching. 3. Irritative effects, such as static electricity which causes mild shocks when metal is touched, are common when the air moisture is low. 4. The “apparent temperature” of the air is lower than what the thermometer indicates, and the body “feels” colder. As your body fights the dry air you start to use up your vitamin A stores.  This enhances the dry skin and sinus problems as well as weakens your immune system.  It is important that you have a humidity gauge in each bedroom and a cool-mist humidifier to combat the dry air.  I recommend the ultrasonic humidifiers as they put the most water in the air. Summary of some of the effects of dry air: Dry skin,  Chapped lips,   Clogged sinuses,   Itchy skin,  Dry throat coughs,  Cracked nasal membranes,   Increased risk of bacterial infection,   Aggravated asthma & allergy symptoms. Studies have shown that the body's immune system will function better when the relative humidity in a home is between 45%-65%.  pneumococcus, staphylococcus, and streptococcus bacteria die up to 20 times faster at a relative humidity between 45% and 55%, than above 70% or below 20%. Dehydration can also cause negative health effects. Symptoms of dehydration include dry skin, chronic joint and muscle pain, raspy throat, sinus, and nasal pain, sore eyes, a lack of mental concentration, and a decrease in the body's immune system.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: EATING FOODS FOR WINTER--While nothing can completely stop a cold in its tracks, a healthy immune system can help ward off the germs that cause colds and the flu. A healthy immune system can even minimize a cold’s duration. One way to boost the immune system is to maintain a vitamin C regimen. “Studies have shown that 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C supplements may make colds milder and even shorten them by half a day,” says Tsang. Also, advise clients to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables rich in powerful nutrients. “Foods rich in the antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene, such as citrus fruit, cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato, and spinach, have immune-boosting power,” says Amy Cartwright, MS, RD, LDN, who is in private practice in Conyngham, Pa. “To fight off infections, you should increase your intake of zinc, which is found in fish, oysters, poultry, eggs, milk, unprocessed grains, and cereals.” In addition, diets should include a healthy level of good bacteria. “Including adequate amounts of probiotics or friendly flora is valuable in restoring levels of these healthy bacteria in our body to protect us from other infection,” notes Robinett. “Typically, fermented dairy products such as kefir and yogurt—and sauerkraut—provide live cultures but also contain calories, sugar, or salt. I generally recommend taking a probiotic as a dietary supplement, especially during the winter months and always after antibiotic use.”

FUNNY BONE: After I paid for my items in an adorable Italian shop, the salesperson smiled and said “Grazie,” Italian for “thank you.” My Italian isn’t very good, but I knew that the Italian word for “you’re welcome” was the same as the name of a spaghetti sauce. So I confidently replied “Ragú!” and walked out of the store. A few blocks later, it hit me: I had the wrong spaghetti sauce. “You’re welcome” is prego.@@ Two regulars are sitting at a bar when one of them casually points to a couple of drunks across from them. “That’s us in ten years,” he says. His friend takes a sip from his beer, sets it down on the bar, turns to his friend, and slurs, “That’s a mirror.”@@ Sleep is a weak substitute for coffee.@@ After a long time, I told my hot coworker how I felt. Turns out she felt the same way. So I turned on the air conditioning.@@ My paramedic team was called to an emergency. Before we took the patient to the hospital, I had a question for his wife. “Does your husband have any cardiac problems?” I asked. “Yes,” she said with a note of concern. “His cardiologist just died.”@@ A doctor told his patient, “There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is, you have partial short-term memory loss.” The patient said, “Oh no, Doctor. What’s the bad news?”@@ The graveside service had just ended when there was a frightening clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning accompanied by even louder thunder. The little old man looked at the pastor and said calmly, “Well, she’s there.”

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Week of: Monday Nov. 4, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Experts Warn Statin Drug Trend Puts Lives at Risk The number of people suffering from heart disease and stroke continues to rise, despite pharmaceutical interventions, including statin medications recommended for high cholesterol levels. Statins focus on reducing cholesterol your body produces naturally; the process also depletes your body of CoQ10, potentially the trigger behind many of the significant side effects associated with the drug, including neuromuscular disease and cardiovascular death. Non-drug strategies can help you manage your heart health and include quality sleep, stress reduction, adequate amounts of vitamin D, and consuming a good portion of your food raw. NOTE: statins don't save lives they just make pharmaceutical companies rich. Statins do lower cholesterol by making your liver a little sick. But the problem is that the cholesterol theory of heart disease was based on fraudulent research. There has not been a successful cholesterol study in the past 50 years. The longest running cholesterol study has determined that people with the highest cholesterol outlived people with the lowest. Cholesterol is important in the manufacture of hormones, enzymes and antibiotics. It's the last component that helps people live longer by the ability to fight infections. If you use a drug to lower your cholesterol you in fact shorten your lifespan. Heart disease is caused by inflammation ask us for an anti-inflammatory food list and try to eat either salmon or tuna three times a week.

WELLNESS:  Over 267 Toxins Found in Public Tap Water   The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed tests from nearly 50,000 U.S. water utilities in 50 states and tested for 500 different contaminants; 267 were detected. Nearly 19,000 public water systems detected lead at levels above 3.8 parts per billion, which would put a formula-fed baby at risk. The immediate solution to protect your drinking water is to install a water filter on your tap, but on a broader scale the solution is to stop the source of the pollution, such as industrialized agriculture. EWG’s Tap Water Database, which allows you to enter your ZIP code to reveal what’s really in your tap water, is featured.

 https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/#.WYDeVIqQwUG  

For 74145: Contaminants Detected 7 EXCEED EWG HEALTH GUIDELINES 18 Total Contaminants. NOTE: EPA guidelines recommend boiling your tap water before drinking for every major city in the US. Not only is the chlorine and fluorine in tap water harmful to the body no major city can get the amount of drugs that are in the water supply out. For those who don't realize that we recycle our water so what is flush down the stool eventually gets purified and recycled. They just can't take out all the drugs both legal and illegal that people consume. That's why filtered water is so important or to have some other type of filtration system. There are a number of excellent filtration pitchers that you can get online that can remove most all the toxins from the water. Your water needs are based on your body weight. Take half of your body weight which equals a cleansing dose of water and then 80% of that equals the minimum water per day. For 100 pound person that would be between 40 and 50 ounces per day. Just do the math.

CHIROPRACTIC: Is Chiropractic Care a Potential Solution for Stress? Chiropractic care deals with your spine, which is the root of the nervous system. One of the many effects of stress is the tension and contraction it can cause on muscles. This further leads to an uneven pressure on the skeleton. With the whole skeletal system stressed out, it’s no surprise that the body and mind feel the effects too. There are ways in which chiropractic care eliminates this stress and ultimately relieves the body of the negative effects. Reduces Muscle Tension The strain caused on the muscles due to stress eventually takes its toll on the skeletal system. It can affect your daily life, as you start to encounter problems when sitting or walking. Keep ignoring the strain for some time and you’ll end up losing sleep and experiencing pain all over the body. And that’s where chiropractic care comes in. By aligning and adjusting the body, the tension in muscles is released. By removing stress on the nervous system there is a corresponding relaxation of the muscular system as well. Removing nerve pressure causes a cascade of chemical reactions within the nervous system that produce a sense of well-being. Stay regular with your chiropractic care.

FUNNY BONE:  One night four college students were out partying late night and didn’t study for the test which was scheduled for the next day. In the morning, they thought of a plan. They made themselves look dirty with grease and dirt. Then they went to the Dean and said they had gone out to a wedding last night and on their way back the tire of their car burst and they had to push the car all the way back. So they were in no condition to take the test. The Dean thought for a minute and said they can have the re-test after 3 days. They thanked him and said they will be ready by that time. On the third day, they appeared before the Dean. The Dean said that as this was a Special Condition Test, all four were required to sit in separate classrooms for the test. They all agreed as they had prepared well in the last 3 days. The Test consisted of only 2 questions with the total of 100 Points. 1) Your Name __________ (1 Points) 2) Which tire burst? __________ (99 Points) Options – (a) Front Left (b) Front Right (c) Back Left (d) Back Right Moral: Be Responsible else you too will learn your lesson!@@ Whoever said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results has obviously never had to reboot a computer.